Ustazah Sulastri: I Want Children to Love and Close to Quran

"I don't want Wih Ilang's children to be far from the Quran and Islam. That is my big dream. It may not come true when I am still alive, but it can be a good deed for me when I die,” said Ustazah Sulastri, a Quran teacher in Central Aceh.

Ustazah Sulastri
Ustazah Sulastri receives financial assistance from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, CENTRAL ACEH – Half of Ustazah Sulastri's (52) life is dedicated to Islamic education in Kala Hamlet, Wih Ilang Village, Pegasing District, Central Aceh Regency. Every day, she teaches the Quran to the children aged five to 12 years in the village. Although the salary received is not much, Ustazah Sulastri feels that it is enough.

For Ustazah Sulastri, being a Quran teacher is to realize dreams and not look for wealth. She wants Muslim children in her area not to be far from the Quran. Nowadays, children are more interested in playing with gadgets than reciting and reading the Quran.

"I don't want Wih Ilang's children to be far from the Quran and the Islamic creed. That is my big dream. It may not come true when I am still alive, but it can be a good deed when I die. When it comes to wealth, whatever the amount, we should be grateful,” said Ustazah Sulastri, Tuesday (8/17/2021).

Hidayatullah from the ACT Lhokseumawe program team says Ustazah Sulastri is one of the preachers who has a very high dedication to Islam. She did not expect wealth in introducing the Quran and Islam to the next generation.

"She is earnest in teaching the Quran to children from basic lessons. She does not mind the salary she receives even though it is below IDR 1 million. She is always grateful. This attitude and motivation should be followed by the wider community who are struggling in the field of education," said Hidayat.

Hidayat added, to support the struggle of Ustazah Sulastri, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance, Tuesday (8/17/2021). She expressed her gratitude for the aid from the benefactors and hopes that more Muslim preachers will receive the assistance.[]